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[[Image:ElderjosephhesychastAftimios Ofiesh.jpggif|left|100px]]Elder '''''[[Joseph the Hesychast]]Episcopi vagantes''''' was a (Latin for "wandering bishops") are persons who have been [[monkordination|ordained]] and as [[elderbishop]] on Mount Athos. Born s in Paros some irregular fashion, especially those claiming to George and Maria in 1898, have valid [[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic]] orders although their ordinations were not authorized by the future elder went to work in Pireaus in his teensRoman Catholic Church. At twenty-three he began to read the lives (The singular form of the Fathers, which gave him the desire to enter into monasticism. He responded to this desire by fasting and praying in the nearby countryside, which was uninhabited, and then go to Mount Athosphrase is ''episcopus vagans''.)
The future Elder yearned Many of these claim succession from the see of Utrecht, or from Orthodox or [[Eastern Rite Catholic]] churches; others from Roman Catholic bishops that have ordained their own bishops after disputes with the Vatican. Such lines continue to pray unceasinglypersist because of the more mechanistic understanding of [[apostolic succession]] which the Roman Catholic Church has&mdash;that is, but had great troubles - if a "valid" bishop ordains a man using the proper rituals, then he could not find a spiritual fatheris "valid" as well, and even if neither has any living connection to the indifference of many monks towards unceasing prayerChurch. In the midst of this experienceThe Orthodox understanding, however, he was granted a vision necessarily presupposes the impossibility of the [[uncreated light]]''episcopi'' that are ''vagantes'', and for the gift ministry of ceaseless prayer was given to himthe episcopacy resides only ''within'' the Church.
He reposed in 1959, and he has wide acclaim for being the spiritual father or grandfather of Elders [[Ephrem of Philotheou]] , Joseph of Vatopedi, Haralambos of Dionysiou and others, who are directly credited for revitalising six of the twenty monasteries on [[Mount Athos]].
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